Export Tiles


The exportTiles operation is performed as an asynchronous task and allows client applications to download map tiles from a server for offline use. This operation is performed on a Map Service that allows clients to export cache tiles. The result of this operation is Map Service Job. This job response contains a reference to the Map Service Result resource, which returns a URL to the resulting tile package (.tpk) or a cache raster dataset.

exportTiles can be enabled in a service by using ArcGIS for Desktop or the ArcGIS Server Administrator Directory. In ArcGIS for Desktop, make an admin or publisher connection to the server, go to service properties, and enable Allow Clients to Export Cache Tiles in the advanced caching page of the Service Editor. You can also specify the maximum tiles clients will be allowed to download. The default maximum allowed tile count is 100,000. To enable this capability using the Administrator Directory, edit the service, and set the properties exportTilesAllowed=true and maxExportTilesCount=100000.

At 10.2.2 and later versions, exportTiles is supported as an operation of the Map Server. The use of the http://Map Service/exportTiles/submitJob operation is deprecated.

You can provide arguments to the exportTiles operation as defined in the following parameters table:

Request parameters




Description: The response format. The default response format is html.

Values: html | json


Description: Allows exporting either a tile package or a cache raster data set. If the value is true, output will be in tile package format, and if the value is false, a cache raster data set is returned. The default value is false

Values: true | false


Description: The extent (bounding box) of the tile package or the cache dataset to be exported. If extent does not include a spatial reference, the extent values are assumed to be in the spatial reference of the map. The default value is full extent of the tiled map service.

Syntax: <xmin>, <ymin>, <xmax>, <ymax>

Example 1: -104,35.6,-94.32,41

Example 2: {"xmin" : -109.55, "ymin" : 25.76, "xmax" : -86.39, "ymax" : 49.94,"spatialReference" : {"wkid" : 4326}}


Description: (Optional) Use this parameter to enable compression of JPEG tiles and reduce the size of the downloaded tile package or the cache raster data set. Compressing tiles slightly compromises the quality of tiles but helps reduce the size of the download. Try sample compressions to determine the optimal compression before using this feature.

Values: true | false


Description: (Optional) When optimizeTilesForSize=true, you can specify a compression factor. The value must be between 0 and 100.


The value cannot be greater than the default compression already set on the original tile. For example, if the default value is 75, the value of compressionQuality must be between 0 and 75. A value greater than 75 in this example will attempt to up sample an already compressed tile and will further degrade the quality of tiles.


Description: The criteria that will be used to select the tile service levels to export. The values can be Level IDs, cache scales. or the resolution (in the case of image services).

Values: LevelID | Resolution | Scale


Description: Specifies the tiled service levels to export. The values should correspond to Level IDs, cache scales. or the resolution as specified in exportBy parameter. The values can be comma separated values or a range.


Make sure tiles are present at the levels where you attempt to export tiles.

Example 1: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Example 2: 1-4,7-9


Description: (Optional) The areaOfInterest polygon allows exporting tiles within the specified polygon areas. This parameter supersedes the exportExtent parameter.

Example: { "features": [{"geometry":{"rings":[[[-100,35],[-100,45],[-90,45],[-90,35],[-100,35]]],"spatialReference":{"wkid":4326}}}]}

Additional properties


In a multiple-machine site, users can use localTempFolders to generate TPKs, and then move them to the arcgisoutput directory rather than reading or writing caches from or to a shared network folder. This reduces the time it takes to export TPKs by reducing latency and input/output on servers.

When set to true, it overrides the useLocalCacheDir property set on cached services and generates TPKs in the local temp folder of ArcGIS Server. The default setting for this property is false.

It's recommended that you have at least 2 GB of available space in this location for each running instance of the CachingControllers geoprocessing service. It's also recommended that you allocate twice the size of the average TPK being exported by users on the server for each running instance of the CachingControllers service.

Set this property using the following steps:

  1. Open the ArcGIS Server Administrator Directory, and log in as a user with administrator access. The URL is formatted http://gisserver.domain.com:6080/arcgis/admin.
  2. Click system > properties > update.
  3. In the dialog box, add the exportTilesUsingLocalTempFolder property, for example:

    {"exportTilesUsingLocalTempFolder": true}

  4. Click Update.

Subsequent export tile requests for TPKs will now use the local temp folder.


At times, there can be a surge in the number of export tile requests that are made to the server by clients. If the server is not able to successfully handle the requests, you can add this property to the CachingController service configuration to throttle the number of jobs for exporting tiles (on a tiled map service).

The value of this property is an integer: N for a finite number, -1 for unlimited (default), and 0 for stopping all requests. If a service configuration does not contain this property, it's treated as an infinite capacity queue. When submitting a job for the export tiles operation, ArcGIS Server checks the current outstanding jobs (from the jobs queue), and if the value is >= max, it returns an HTTP 503 error (service unavailable) with a Retry-After header set to 300 seconds.


This functionality is specific to the export tiles operation (and the corresponding CachingControllers service). Other cache operations, such as updating/importing tiles, are unaffected.

Only jobs that are currently in a waiting state (not being worked on) are treated as outstanding jobs. Jobs that are currently executing are excluded from this number.

Set this property using the following steps:

  1. Open the ArcGIS Server Administrator Directory, and log in as a user with administrator access. The URL is formatted http://gisserver.domain.com:6080/arcgis/admin.
  2. Click services > System > CachingControllers > edit.
  3. In the dialog box, add the maximumOutstandingJobs property to the properties section of the JSON, for example:
    "properties": {
      "outputDir": "C:\\arcgisserver\\directories\\arcgisoutput",
      "virtualOutputDir": "/rest/directories/arcgisoutput",
      "showMessages": "Info",
      "toolbox": "${AGSSERVER}/ArcToolBox/Services/Caching Controllers.tbx",
      "jobsDirectory": "C:\\arcgisserver\\directories\\arcgisjobs",
      "executionType": "Asynchronous",
      "jobsVirtualDirectory": "/rest/directories/arcgisjobs",
      "maximumRecords": "1000",
      "maximumOutstandingJobs": 500
  4. Click Save Edits.

Example usage

Example 1


Example 2


Example 3

http://gisserver.domain.com/arcgis/rest/services/World_Imagery/MapServer/exportTiles?tilePackage=true&exportExtent=&optimizeTilesForSize=true&compressionQuality=60&exportBy=levelId&levels=3-5&areaOfInterest={ "features": [{"geometry":{"rings":[[[-100,35],[-100,45],[-90,45],[-90,35],[-100,35]]],"spatialReference":{"wkid":4326}}}]}&f=html

JSON response syntax

{"jobId" : "<jobId>","jobStatus" : "<jobStatus>"}

JSON response example

 "jobId": "jeeb938cbb2774269a7ca9910df4ee700",
 "jobStatus": "esriJobSubmitted"